I just returned from a lunch at Lever House with business associates. It was a very good choice for the area--we wanted to be in the 50s, not too West (53rd and Park).
There were 8 of us and we each have different tastes. Four of us were taking out 4 clients but we are a very friendly, casual group--not stuffy nor formal atmosphere amongst us. Here's my take:
Service-very good. There was a lot to juggle with so many of us and the server was very accomodating and helpful without being too friendly or too formal. He deferred well to me as the host.
Atmosphere-perhaps a bit more formal than our group but we were too busy catching up to notice. The decor is fun for our first time. Almost felt like we were in some sort of space ship. Nearly all those around looked very business like but if didn't interfere with us. Room was a bit noisy when full.
Food-Very good but I can't give it a "great". I think everyone liked what they had. Mine was the salmon with cabbage and spatezele (sp?). I started with the grilled shrimp. Others had for starters--sweet potato and peanut soup, lobster tempura. For mains, hamburger, chicken on salad (these two didn't come across as too yummy), some other fish (sorry can't recall). Desserts were mostly chocolate themed. They seemed to go quickly so they must have been good.
All in all, I would go back on a business lunch or dinner but not for a casual or special personal occasion. And for business, I would go if 4 or more. I might feel lost in the room if it was just 2 of us. The room is not too big but packed. BTW-good cocktails and bread served with a garlic spread--all 8 of us had to partake of the garlic spread to avoid offending each other. I would rather not post the $$$ in case my clients log on here. This is more of a business expense place, so you can guess the tab was high (but worth it--we did have a nice time). The website is www.leverhouse.com
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